The Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea around the Arabian Peninsula are among the most congested maritime passageways in the world. They are especially important to China, which seeks to secure its energy resources and aspires to become a maritime power, as evident in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Most recently, these passages have seen a rise in military incidents tied to the rivalry between Iran on the one hand, and Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the other. 

The panel will touch upon the impact of regional rivalries and tensions on maritime security and examine possible solutions, including the prospect of establishing a new regional and international security framework for the region.

Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 15:00-16:15 EET for a public panel discussion with Abdullah Baaboud, Darshana M. Baruah and Paul Haenle chaired by Nilanthi Samaranayake. The discussion will be held in English and livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

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